Last night, (June 10), saw the 72nd annual Tony Awards, which are pretty much the Oscars for stage productions and musicals.
The big winner of the evening was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which picked up ten statuettes, while Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane picked up awards for their performances in the revived Angels in America.
However, the biggest cheer of the night didn’t go to an outstanding performance by an actor, director or writer. Instead, it went to two little words uttered by Robert De Niro.
De Niro was onstage to instroduce Bruce Springsteen, who’s currently starring in his own production on Broadway.
Reaching the podium, De Niro threw his arms in the air and said:
Sometimes the simplest lines are the best, right?
It seemed to go down well with the audience, too, as the crowd cheered and rose to give the actor a standing ovation, reports Business Insider.
It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s f*ck Trump.
The not-so-subtle political message continued as De Niro introduced Springsteen, saying:
Bruce, you can rock the house like nobody else. And even more important, in these perilous times, you rock the vote, always fighting for, in your own words, ‘truth, transparency, and integrity in government’. Boy, do we need that now.
Springsteen could only laugh at the unscripted moment as he sat down to play the piano.
Yet some people didn’t find the speech quite as funny, as the network showing the awards, CBS, bleeped out De Niro’s first words.
The Taxi Driver actor has always been an outspoken critic of Trump, so the network were obviously prepared in case this sort of thing happened. Which it did.
Thankfully, not all networks censored the speech – you can watch the moment here:
— Rhett Bartlett (@dialmformovies) June 11, 2018
As hosts Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban came back on stage after Springsteen’s performance, they made light of the controversial speech.
Dressed as each other’s characters in their respective musicals, Bareilles donned a beard while Groban wore a waitress’ outfit.
After De Niro, CBS told us to do something drastic, so here we are.
Earlier this year, De Niro publicly banned Trump from visiting any of his Nobu restaurants.
According to an interview with the MailOnline, the Goodfellas actor claims he would never let Trump into one of his restaurants.
He was teased by Chef Nobu who said:
It’s my dream for Trump to sit next to Bob. To make them sushi!
However, earlier the same day, De Niro stated:
I don’t care what he likes. If he walked into a restaurant I was in – I’d walk out.
Looks like the Raging Bull actor still knows how to pack a punch.
De Niro’s next big film will be The Irishman, a Netflix original, which will be directed by longtime collaborator Martin Scorsese.
He’ll join a star-studded cast, which includes Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.